National Eat Beans Day celebrates the importance of legumes in a healthy human diet. Rich in complex carbohydrates, plant protein, folic acid, iron, and fiber, they make a great addition to any meal. And given their low fat and high nutrient content, legumes can also help you safely reduce weight and cholesterol levels.
Legumes as food go back as far as the 7th century BC, because they are a natural source of protein. Beans are native to Central and South America, where they grow in the form of a wild vine. In the early 1700s, thanks to maritime trade, beans were brought to Europe and other parts of the world. Interestingly, legumes take root in almost any conditions and in any soil. There are now thousands of types of beans that are grown around the world: lentils, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, peanuts, pinto beans, and many others.
- Beans are mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, where the writer uses them as a metaphor;
- There are now about 4000 varieties of beans;
- In the 1920s, thanks to legumes, it was possible to prevent the negative consequences of the Great Depression in the United States, because beans could replace meat for the poor.
How to take part
On National Eat Beans Day, you need to eat a variety of bean dishes that can be baked, boiled, stewed, and seasoned with various sauces. You can try growing your own leguminous plant at home. Stock up on various types of beans, write a list of recipes, and pass them on to families who may need them.
When is National Eat Beans Day Celebrated in 2023?
National Eat Beans Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 3rd each year.